Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Olympic Pentathlon



As part of the Waldorf curriculum, several Waldorf schools come together to  participate in an Olympic  Pentathlon.  Throughout the school year the students have been studying Greek history and this is a wonderful way to make it come alive for the students.  Of course, we've never been a part of one before and we didn't really know what to expect, but it certainly exceeded our expectations!  It was a thoughtful, beautiful, fun and inspiring event to be sure!

The Olympic Creed 
(as printed in the program for the day)

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.  The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.



Part of the purpose of this event is to make new friends and enjoy a bit of friendly competition among classmates and other schools.  Therefore, each student is divided up into city states and mixed with other Waldorf schools.  Grace was put in the city state of Corinth.


Grace was thrilled and honored to be a torch bearer for the opening ceremonies.  She said this was the most exciting part of the day!



The children participated in five events; running, long jump, discus, wrestling and javelin throwing.






A delicious Greek lunch was served.


At the end of the day each participant was given a medal and one boy and girl from each school was given a laurel wreath.



It was truly a great, great day!



2 comments:

  1. That is fascinating! how realistic! all schools should be so creative!

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  2. What a great activity! Love your pictures!!!!

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